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CC notes: Power play struggles at costly times

November 1, 2013 Updated: November 2, 2013 at 5:35 am
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Colorado College had a chance in the third period to go ahead of host Western Michigan and end a three-game losing downturn. Instead, the Tigers power play spent most of its time in the CC zone and was unable to muster a shot on goal.

They went on to lose in overtime.

It mirrored a similar performance with the man advantage during the third period in a 1-0 OT loss at Clarkson. It was a frustrating end after seeing four shots by the Tigers after none last Saturday.

"There was a little bit of life and then a shot would get blocked or a senior would take a penalty," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "The power play needs to get a goal to right the ship."

The Tigers power play is now 1-for-24 (4.17 percent) after going 0-for-6 Friday night.

 

Defensemen battle adversity

A likely concussion to sophomore defenseman Russell Finch only 1:47 into the game left Colorado College with five available defensemen for the next 60 minutesl.

"They got into a good rhythm, which you can with just five," Owens said. "Ian Young had a good game and Jaccob Slavin was a man. Eamonn McDermott had one of his better games. We will see what they have left tomorrow (Saturday)."

Finch, who was hit into the boards while his head was down, likely will not play so a forward will be pressed into duty.

Freshman Gustav Olofsson and sophomore Michael King both stayed home with injuries.

 

Ice chips

Western Michigan alumnus and longtime CC assistant Joe Bonnett was recognized before the start of the game. . National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner Josh Fenton held the ceremonial puck drop between McDermott and WMU captain Chase Balisy before the game. . The Tigers are 18-8-3 in Michigan under Owens. . CC's 1-4 start is the worst since 1-4 during the 1992-93 season when the Tigers went 8-28 under coach Brad Buetow, his last before giving way to current Minnesota coach Don Lucia. . . WMU junior goalie Frank Slubowski recorded his 63rd consecutive start.

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